An American Troubadour – Mickey Newbury.

It is not always easy to understand why some artists never seem to escape the spotlight, while others never seem to get the attention they really deserve. Of course, we often disagree of the criteria that should be used measuring the contribution of an artist, but in the case of Mickey Newbury he was early … Continue reading An American Troubadour – Mickey Newbury.

A Voice From On High – Diana Jones.

I´m really not a religious person. Still I believe in the soul and its irremediable loneliness. Never more so than when I hear the great singing voices. Like the voice of Diana Jones. Her name sounds like it´s taken from a cartoon or a spy in an action thriller, or maybe from an old american ballad from … Continue reading A Voice From On High – Diana Jones.

A country song in her own right – Mary Gauthier.

I remember it well. The year was 1999 and I held a record in my hand. There was this strange blurry picture of a woman, I couldn´t see if she was twenty or sixty-four by the picture. I had to turn the cd to see the title properly and I never had heard of her … Continue reading A country song in her own right – Mary Gauthier.

Happy Birthday, Mr Dylan!

Happy Birthday, Mr Dylan!  

Try a little tenderness. Rest In Peace, Jimmy LaFave. The sad news about Jimmy LaFave´s death reached us this week. We already knew about his fight with terminal cancer. He died only 61 years old, a few days after a farewell concert with many of his friends, family, fans and fellow singers and songwriters. In a very touching moment he led the crowd … Continue reading Try a little tenderness. Rest In Peace, Jimmy LaFave.

Bob Dylan + Folk = True!

Two old ladies left the London Palladium disappointed and annoyed in April, wondering what happened to the hero folk singer of their youth, Bob Dylan. In their eyes, he had nothing to do with the riverboat gambler standing and swaying on the stage in the beautiful old theater. Even if I respect their right to … Continue reading Bob Dylan + Folk = True!

Bob Dylan + Soul = True!

Between the 1920´s and 1940´s the term "race records" was used, tagging the records made in african-american music genres, marketed to the african american market. All the way to 1949 the term was used, even Billboard had its own chart for "Race Records". Then one of their journalists, Jerry Wexler, suggested a change, more fitting for … Continue reading Bob Dylan + Soul = True!